The Lone Star State to the French Quarter (8090)

12 Day Tour from Dallas to New Orleans

2019 Tour Details

With its large size and diversity, Texas locals say, “Texas, it’s like a whole other country.” On this tour through the Lone Star State, you’ll discover its major cities—Dallas, Austin, San Antonio, and Houston—and some of its historic landmarks, museums, and must-see sights before crossing into Louisiana for time in Lafayette and New Orleans.

Highlights of this Texas tour include a behind-the-scenes tram tour of the Johnson Space Center, home to NASA and the U.S. Space Program. Witness engineers, scientists, and astronauts as they shape the future of space exploration, and visit the Historic Apollo Mission Control, where the NASA team monitored nine Gemini and all Apollo missions. The San Fernando Cathedral, the oldest cathedral in the United States. Take a private, narrated cruise down the San Antonio River through the picturesque River Walk area and enjoy a cruise through Louisiana’s Atchafalaya Basin. In Fredericksburg, stroll the historic district shopping, pursuing one-of-a-kind, eclectic shops, art galleries, and museums.

History buffs will be fascinated at the Sixth Floor Museum, the location from which Lee Harvey Oswald allegedly shot President John F. Kennedy. At the Lyndon B. Johnson National Historic Park and Texas White House, hear the story of Johnson’s life. Also visit the Bob Bullock State History Museum that tells the “Story of Texas.” In North Texas Horse Country, visit a real working horse ranch with a knowledgeable local guide for a true authentic experience. Of course, no history buff can leave Texas without visiting the Alamo.

All of this and much more await you on this Texas tour. For the value-minded traveler, there’s no better way to visit the Lone Star State!

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 Tour Highlights

DALLAS
Sightseeing with Local Guide in North Texas Horse Country; visit a working horse ranch; Dallas sightseeing; visit the Sixth Floor Museum
FORT WORTH
Visit the Fort Worth Stockyards; see the Spirit of the West movie; watch a longherd cattle drive; visit the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame
AUSTIN
Visit the Bob Bullock State History Museum; sightseeing
SAN ANTONIO
Sightseeing with Local Guide; San Fernando Cathedral; visit the Alamo; River Walk; enjoy a private narrated cruise on the San Antonio River Walk
LYNDON B. JOHNSON NATIONAL HISTORIC PARK
Visit the home of the 36th U.S. president
HOUSTON
Sightseeing; visit the Johnson Space Center
LAKE CHARLES
Visit the Creole Nature Trail Adventure Point
LAFAYETTE
Cruise through the Atchafalaya Basin
NEW ORLEANS
Sightseeing with Local Guide
Notes:

TEXAS STATE FAIR: Travel on the October 10 departure and be in Dallas for the annual Texas State Fair.

Transportation:

Transportation:
Private, deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach while touring with free Wi-Fi.

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

1 breakfasts, 8 continental breakfasts

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Day 1 DALLAS

Welcome to Dallas! Your Tour Director is on hand late this afternoon to answer any questions.

Day 2 DALLAS

This morning, enjoy a guided tour of North Texas Horse Country, one of the largest concentrations of horse farms in the United States. Visit a real working HORSE RANCH with a knowledgeable local guide for a true authentic experience. See beautiful vistas, relaxing backroads, and the gorgeous countryside—home to a variety of horse breeds and disciplines, including Quarter Horses, Thoroughbreds, Paints, Arabians, Appaloosas, and Warmbloods…they are all here. In the afternoon, return to Dallas for included city sightseeing that features Pioneer Plaza, commemorating the trails that brought settlers to Dallas and cattle to market; the Historic West End; and Dealey Plaza, where history buffs can learn all about that moment in history at the SIXTH FLOOR MUSEUM, the location from which the alleged killer, Lee Harvey Oswald, fired the lethal shots on November 22, 1963, that killed President John F. Kennedy.

Day 3 DALLAS–FORT WORTH

This morning, journey to Fort Worth, a Texas city famous for its unmistakable combination of “cowboys and culture.” Visit the Stockyards National Historic District to enjoy a “Stockyards Experience” by seeing the SPIRIT OF THE WEST movie. Afterward, meet the drivers/cowboys of the Fort Worth Herd and see a Longhorn cattle drive before visiting the TEXAS COWBOY HALL OF FAME. It’s here that the museum pays tribute to more than 70 cowboys and cowgirls who have excelled in the sport of rodeo, and the Western lifestyle. This evening, return to the Stockyards for free time. Perhaps attending the Fort Worth Rodeo would be of interest? Overnight in Fort Worth.

Day 4 FORT WORTH–AUSTIN

Visit the BOB BULLOCK STATE HISTORY MUSEUM that tells the “Story of Texas.” Afterward, enjoy a city sightseeing tour that features Austin’s downtown, including historic Sixth Street, the Texas Capitol complex, Governor’s Mansion, and the University of Texas.

BreakfastContinental Breakfast

Day 5 AUSTIN–SAN ANTONIO

A short drive from Austin to the most visited city in Texas: San Antonio, home of the Alamo and the historic River Walk. Upon arrival, sightseeing with a local guide includes visits to the SAN FERNANDO CATHEDRAL, the oldest in the U.S., and downtown’s authentic Mexican marketplace, El Mercado. Afterward, visit the infamous ALAMO. It was here in 1836 that a small band of Texans defended themselves against the Mexican army, and although the Alamo fell, it remains hallowed ground and symbolizes courage and sacrifice for the cause of liberty. End your day back at the River Walk, where Spanish colonial architecture, fountains, and plazas make it one of the city’s most picturesque areas.

BreakfastContinental Breakfast

Day 6 SAN ANTONIO

This morning, a private narrated CRUISE down the San Antonio River through the picturesque River Walk area. The remainder of the day is at leisure.

BreakfastContinental Breakfast

Day 7 SAN ANTONIO–FREDERICKSBURG

Texas Hill Country is home to the LYNDON B. JOHNSON NATIONAL HISTORIC PARK. Discover the story of the 36th president, from his ancestors to his final resting place, at the LBJ Ranch. Visit the TEXAS WHITE HOUSE, including the president’s office, living room, dining room, den, and yellow sitting room, restored to their 1963-1968 appearance. Next, on to Fredericksburg, and time on your own to enjoy this historic town. Spend the afternoon leisurely strolling the historic district shopping, perusing one-of-a-kind, eclectic shops, art galleries, and museums.

BreakfastContinental Breakfast

Day 8 FREDERICKSBURG–HOUSTON

Houston is a city of firsts—home to the first successful human heart transplant, America’s first public television station, and the first word spoken on the Moon. Gain an appreciation for Houston’s rich history on a sightseeing tour of America’s fourth-largest city that includes the Theatre District, which is second only to New York City. You’ll marvel at the world-famous Texas Medical Center, whose 675 acres and 42 nonprofit institutions make it the largest medical complex in the world. Last, but not least, is a visit to one of Houston’s most expensive neighborhoods, River Oaks.

BreakfastContinental Breakfast

Day 9 HOUSTON

A special highlight today is a visit to JOHNSON SPACE CENTER, home of NASA and the U.S. Space Program. Be inspired by the wonders of space exploration and go behind the scenes of America’s exciting space program. Be a part of history in the making as you witness engineers, scientists, and astronauts shaping the future of space exploration. With this behind-the-scenes journey, you will also visit the Historic Apollo Mission Control Center, and Saturn V Rocket, the most powerful moon rocket ever built and one of only three moon rockets remaining in the world.

NOTE:
The buildings visited on the tram tour are real working areas of Johnson Space Center and are subject to closure without notice.

BreakfastContinental Breakfast

Day 10 HOUSTON–LAKE CHARLES–LAFAYETTE

Visit the CREOLE NATURE TRAIL ADVENTURE POINT and immerse yourself in Southwest Louisiana’s nature and way of life. Learn the best places to spot alligators and migrating songbirds, take a peek at wildlife found in bayous and marshes, smell mouthwatering aromas of Cajun/Creole cooking, and “play along” with a Cajun and Zydeco band. In Lake Charles, grab a bite to eat in the Beer Garden or at one of the local restaurants, maybe even choose one with live music. After lunch, a CRUISE through moss-draped cypress trees and winding, waterways of the Atchafalaya Basin swamp lands. Keep an eye out for lingering alligators as you experience one of the most unique wildernesses on earth.

BreakfastContinental Breakfast

Day 11 LAFAYETTE–NEW ORLEANS

This morning journey across Bayou Country into New Orleans, capital of Dixieland and the “City That Care Forgot.” Upon arrival, a guided sightseeing tour focuses on the sights and sounds of New Orleans, featuring French Quarter landmarks, including St. Louis Cathedral, Jackson Square, and a visit to a unique above-ground cemetery. Afternoon and evening are at leisure.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 12 NEW ORLEANS

Your vacation ends this morning. You can extend your vacation in New Orleans with extra nights and a variety of exciting optional activities.

BreakfastContinental Breakfast

 Tour Director

With Cosmos, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

PHILIP WALKER

Escorting tours for more than 10 years

Philip has been a Tour Director with the Globus Family of Brands since 2008. His tour focus includes National Parks of the Western US as well as Texas and Louisiana. Philip has also done extensive summer work in Alaska as well as extended travels to Belize and Costa Rica. Philip¿s background includes Sales, Event/Artist Management, Cruise Ship Emcee/Activity Coordinator and Cruise Directing. His education includes a BBA in Business Management from Ole Miss, International Tour Management Institute Certification, Fire Behavior 130-S90 (prescribed fire training) and LEED, Green Associate Certification. When off the road, he enjoys helping manage the family conservation ranch in far West Texas. Hobbies include range restoration, Scuba, kayaking and wildlife conservation.

Tour Director - PHILIP WALKER

 Accommodations

Dallas
Fort Worth
Austin
San Antonio
Fredericksburg
Houston
Lafayette
New Orleans

 Optional Excursions

The following optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased). Optional excursions are available for purchase on our MyCosmos site 90 days prior to the tour start date.

Price Ranges

$ ($50 USD and under)
$$ ($51 - $100 USD)
$$$ ($101 - $150 USD)
$$$$ (Over $150)


Lafayette
New Orleans

Lafayette

Cajun Dinner and Dancing Lessons

Cajun Dinner and Dancing Lessons

This evening you will enjoy local Cajun cuisine and live Cajun/Zydeco music at one of Lafayette's popular restaurants where the locals dance the night away. Cajuns believe that as food nourishes the body, so good times and good friends feed the soul.

Price Range: $$

New Orleans

Jazz Cruise on the City of New Orleans

Jazz Cruise on the City of New Orleans

Savor the beauty and romance of the New Orleans skyline aboard the riverboat City of New Orleans.

Price Range: $$

National WWII Museum

National WWII Museum

Designated by Congress as the official WWII museum of the United States, The National WWII Museum is located in downtown New Orleans.

Price Range: $

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